By Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse JournalJune 11, 2013
AQHA's Charlie Hemphill congratulates Rodey Wilson for winning the top horse award at the 2013 Coors Cowboy Club Ranch Rodeo on Tivio Enterprise. (Larri Jo Starkey photo) For more photos from the ranch rodeo, scroll to the slide show below.
Ranch cowboys know the value of a good working horse, and on June 8, AQHA honored the top horse at the annual Coors Cowboy Club Ranch Rodeo in Amarillo.
Fourteen ranches participated in the rodeo, each eligible to submit a horse for consideration during the two days of competition June 7-8. The horses were judged as they were part of teams participating in the five ranch rodeo events: bronc riding, branding, trailer loading, wild cow milking and stray gathering. The horses in the competition wore a number to differentiate them from the noncompeting horses.
“It’s a two-day event, so the horse can’t just be good one day and not the next,” says Rodey Wilson of Canyon, Texas, who won the 2013 award on Tivio Enterprise while riding for the LX Ranch. “Everything I do, I do horseback, and it’s a big honor to win something like that.”
Tivio Enterprise is a 2000 brown gelding by Natural Enterprise and out of Miss Peppy Tivio by Peppy San. He was bred by the Burnett Ranches of Fort Worth, Texas.
Rodey acquired “Beatlejuice” about a year ago.
“We don’t really practice,” he says. “It’s an everyday thing we do for a living. He’s really good to rope on and really cowy, so that’s why I picked him to ride. I knew he’s good in everything.”
Rodey liked the gelding’s breeding.
“I’ve had three or four horses by that Natural Enterprise, and they’re really good horses,” he says.
AQHA recognizes top horses at selected ranch rodeos across the United States.
The Bell Ranch of Bell Ranch, New Mexico, won first place after two days of competition. Other competitors included Zoetis-AQHA Best Remuda Award winners Singleton Ranches of Lamy, New Mexico, and Tule Ranch of Tulia, Texas. Singleton was the 2012 winner, while the Tule Ranch won in 2006.
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